Antique Table Rebuild & Paint

6 Materials
6 Hours

I can't say enough how much I love old antique tables. They are such a great addition to so many places in the home and can be a wee little statement piece of history. Let me show you how I gave this poor old table a new lease on life with milk paint.

As soon as I saw this table I had to have it. It have such classic bones, great size and will look awesome made over.

First step was to completely disassemble using a rubber mallet. I marked all the legs and pieces to be back in the exact position as hand crafted pieces sometimes only fit one way.

Now everything got a good scrubbing with warm water, dish soap and a bit of TSP Alternative to get rid of all the grunge and grime of years gone by. This is a super important step.

Then all was left to dry well.

The tops were sanded smooth with my orbital sander and 180 grit sandpaper.

I mixed up a new line of milk paint from Fusion Mineral Paint called night swim: a rich deep navy blue. Above is the first coat on. Three thin coats plus touch ups were brushed on in total.

All surfaces were lightly sanded after all the coats were dry. To seal it and keep the antique feel I chose  Fusion Hemp Oil which was brushed on, allow to sit for about 30 minutes and then wipe off the excess with a shop towel.

See how rich it makes the milk paint color on the left?

After a day I repeated another coat of  Fusion Hemp Oil.

I LOVE the finished look and the new Fusion milk paint line!

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  • Joanie Joanie on Dec 09, 2020

    I can't say it isn't is gorgeous!! I'm just a lover of stain and wood. Enjoy!

  • Joyce Thiery Joyce Thiery on Dec 09, 2020

    Im like you Joanie. I love the painted look. But my painted look never looks good😞

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    • Jacx Jacx on Dec 10, 2020

      The secret is good prep to start. A clean, filled and sanded surface is so important.

      Then don't put your paint on too thickly. Let it dry, sand lightly w fine paper, another coat of paint. Chalk paint often needs thinning, I put some in a jar and add water. Be patient! Good craftsmanship takes time.

      Take good care of your tools, don't buy cheap brushes if you expect a nice finish. Purdy makes great brushes, they cost some but they last. When resting between times, wrap it in plastic wrap to keep it wet. Once done, clean, clean, clean! I've had my Purdy for 14 yrs! I love the 2 in angle one for this and trim around windows and doors.